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Apr 14, 2014

25 Grants for Young Researchers

Kickstart your career by applying for one of these grants.

25 Grants for Young Researchers

Getting your research off the ground isn’t always easy. Luckily, sources of funds like the ones below can help. [© KaYann - Fotolia.com]

  • Finding funds for research is among the steepest hurdles that young investigators must surmount as they grow from grad school students to postdocs to finally running their own laboratories.

    Years of yo-yo budgeting has reduced the confidence young researchers once had of obtaining funding through NIH, and over the past 20 years, lowered the amount of money available. The success rate for all research project grants dipped to 15.3% in the sequestration-stymied federal fiscal year that ended September 30, 2013, about half the two-decade high 29.5% of FY 1999.

    “Imagine yourself as a visionary young scientist at one of our nation’s research universities. You have many exciting ideas. You write up the most promising and send the grant application to NIH in hopes of being supported. But you find it increasingly difficult to remain optimistic or to see a future in this field when you look at the steep odds of being funded,” Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, wrote September 24, 2013, in her blog Rock Talk on NIH’s website.

    A little bit of help is on the way, thanks to GEN’s list of 25 grant programs that direct funds to younger researchers. The list is unranked and listed in the alphabetical order of the sponsoring organizations, based on information furnished by these organizations on their websites and other publicly available material.

    Each program is listed by its name, amount of funding available and types of costs covered, eligibility requirements of applicants, purpose of the grant program, status of recent activity, and a link or links with more detailed program information.

  • American Diabetes Association

    Career Development Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $175,500 per year for up to five years, plus 15% allowable indirect costs; Applicants may request a $25,000 stipend for additional equipment for each of the first two years.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be four to seven years out of their postdoctoral or clinical fellowship in order to apply. Applicants must hold an assistant professorship within his/her institution, or will be promoted to this position upon receipt of the award. Applicant must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research independently of their former mentor by appearing as the senior or corresponding author on at least one previous publication relevant to the grant topic, preferably without mentor as co-author.

    Purpose: Assist outstanding Assistant Professor level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research. The award supports an individual's salary and research project to enable the investigator to advance his/her career as an independent investigator.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2014 funding.

    More information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696

    Junior Faculty Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $138,000 per year for up to three years for direct costs, plus 15% allowable indirect costs. Applicants can additionally request up to $10,000 per year toward the repayment of the principal on loans for a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.P.M. or D.O.). There is no fixed limit for PI salary.

    Eligibility: Either 1) senior postdoctoral or clinical fellows (more than three years of research experience since doctoral degree) and will receive their first full-time faculty/staff position by the start date of the award, or 2) junior faculty holding any level of faculty appointment up to and including Assistant Professor. Applicants with more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of their doctoral degree are not eligible for this award.

    Purpose: Support new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research; Applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2014 funding.

    More information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696

    American Diabetes Association/Canadian Diabetes Association Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $40,000 per year for two to three years, to be used exclusively for the applicant’s salary. There are no indirect costs associated with this award. In addition, each recipient will receive a $3,000 travel allowance per year to attend the ADA and CDA annual scientific meetings. The award recipients will be obligated to attend at least one of these meetings each year, and encouraged to submit and present their results at both meetings.

    Eligibility: Postdoctoral candidates in the U.S. intending to train in Canada, and Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada intending to go the U.S. for training will be considered. No more than five applicants will be recommended as finalists. Two fellowship award recipients are selected, one each from Canada and the U.S.

    Purpose: Support research training at the postdoctoral level, in the field of diabetes. Candidates are expected to pursue a career in diabetes-related research as an independent investigator upon completion of postdoctoral training.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications whose deadline was extended to February 17 for July 2014 funding.

    More information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89697

    Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Minority Fellowship Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $45,000 per year for two to three years; award is for the stipend support of a single Fellow in a given year, as well as laboratory supplies and travel costs. All award expenses, including supplies and publication expenses, should revolve around the Fellow. No indirect costs may be requested.

    Eligibility: Awards are granted to established diabetes investigators to support a minority postdoctoral fellow. Applications must be initiated and submitted by the mentor. Eligible minorities include: African American or Black; Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino; American Indian or Alaskan Native; and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

    Purpose: Support the training of minority scientists in the field of diabetes research. In order to apply, the fellow must identify as an eligible minority (See Eligibility).

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2014 funding.

    More information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89697#MI_Award

  • American Heart Association

    Beginning Grant-In-Aid

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SouthWest affiliate: Maximum $70,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator. Collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments may not receive salary from these funds. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($6,364) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, travel, volunteer subject costs, and publication costs, within the following limits: Travel—$3,000 per year. Computer purchase—SouthWest affiliate has no limit for purchase of computer equipment/electronics. 

    Western States affiliate: Maximum $70,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to$35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator. Collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments may not receive salary from these funds. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($6,364) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, travel, volunteer subject costs, and publication costs, within the following limits: Travel—$3,000 per year. Computer purchase—Western States affiliate has no limit for purchase of computer equipment/electronics.  

    Eligibility: At the time of application, the applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree initiating an independent research career. At the time of award activation, applicants must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level (or equivalent) for Great Rivers, Mid-Atlantic, SouthWest, and Western States affiliates.

    Purpose: Promote the independent status of promising beginning scientists.

    Activity status: Application deadline is July 22, 5 PM CDT for SouthWest Affiliate; July 23, 5 PM, CDT for Western States Affiliate. Award activation date is January 1, 2015. Check back in early May for finalized supporting information documents.

    More information: http://bit.ly/RibwHb

    Mentored Clinical and Population Research Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Founders affiliate: $75,000 maximum annual award over two years, for a total award amount of $150,000, including up to $34,091 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments, including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the mentor. Maximum annual award includes $6,818 for indirect expenses; institution may supplement stipend. Also pays project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, travel, volunteer subject costs, publication costs, within the following limits: Travel—$3,000 per year; international travel must have prior AHA approval. Computer purchase—Founders affiliate allows $5,000 for computer equipment/electronics. Printing/Publications—$2,000 per year.

    National office: $77,000 maximum annual award  over two years, for a total award amount of $154,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the sponsor; institution may supplement stipend. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($7,000) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, travel, volunteer subject costs, publication costs, within the following limits: Travel—$3,000 per year; international travel must have prior AHA approval. Computer purchase—National allows $5,000 for computer equipment/electronics.

    SouthWest and Western States affiliates: $70,000 maximum annual award over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and other participants with faculty appointments, including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the sponsor. Also pays 10% of indirect expenses ($6,364; institution may supplement stipend) as well as project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, travel, volunteer subject costs, publication costs, within the following limits: Travel—$3,000 per year. Computer purchase—The SouthWest and Western States affiliates have no limit.

    Eligibility: Healthcare professional with a masters or post-baccalaureate doctoral degree, including M.P.H., R.N., Pharm.D., M.D., D.O. or Ph.D.; Interdisciplinary research teams are eligible. However, Individuals are not eligible to be the principal investigator if they hold or have held certain NIH awards (such as RO1, R21, PO1); certain AHA awards (BGIA, SDG, EIA, GIA); or an award equivalent to any of the above (an independent investigator award)

    Purpose: Encourage early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high-quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities. Grant does not fund basic science or support senior researchers, but encourages mentoring of early career investigators.

    Activity status: Application deadline is July 25, 5 PM CDT, for Founders affiliate; July 24, 5 PM CDT, for National; July 22, 5 PM CDT for SouthWest affiliate; and July 23, 5 PM CDT for Western States affiliate.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1iBUeL1

    National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $65,000 maximum award amount in training stage, including up to $50,000 for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator; institution may supplement. $132,000 maximum award amount over five years in faculty stage, including up to $90,000 for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator; institution may supplement salary. Offered by AHA’s National office.

    Eligibility: At time of application, applicants must hold a M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent doctoral degree and seeking additional research training under the supervision of a sponsor/mentor prior to embarking on a career of independent research. Applicants should be enrolled in or have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved residency or a clinical fellowship program associated with an ACGME-approved residency. Applicants must have completed the clinical portion of their training program by the time of award activation; applicants are responsible for identifying and working with a sponsor/mentor to develop the application. Applicants must not have more than five years of postdoctoral research training (beyond clinical training), and not have faculty/staff rank.

    At time of award activation, applicants may not hold a faculty/staff appointment.  (Exceptions: M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with clinical responsibilities who hold a title of instructor or similar due to their patient care responsibilities but who devote at least 80 percent full-time effort to research training.). The sponsor may hold a M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or other equivalent degree. An individual sponsor may sponsor only one applicant to the program per year “because of the strong sponsoring component of this award and the importance of developing a meaningful relationship between awardee and sponsor.”

    Purpose: Provide funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 17, for July 2014 funding.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1ncYu7Z

    Scientist Development Grant

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Founders affiliate: $77,000 maximum annual award over three years, for a total award amount of $231,000; Includes up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($7,000) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, travel, volunteer subject costs, and publication costs, within the following limits: Minimum $35,000 per year; Travel—$3,000 per year; international travel must have prior AHA approval.

    Great Rivers affiliate: $77,000 maximum annual award over three years, for a total award amount of $231,000; Includes up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($7,000) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, travel, volunteer subject costs, publication costs, within the following limits: Minimum $35,000 per year; travel—$3,000 per year; international travel must have prior AHA approval.

    National office: $77,000 maximum annual award over four years, for a total award amount of $308,000; Includes up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments. Also pays 10% of indirect costs ($7,000) and project-related expenses, such as salaries of technical personnel, consultative services, supplies, equipment, computer/electronics, volunteer subject costs, publication costs, within the following limits: Minimum—$35,000 per year. Travel—$3,000 per year; international travel must have prior AHA approval. Computer purchase—National allows $5,000 for computer equipment/electronics.

    Eligibility: At the time of application, the applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree. At the time of award activation, applicants must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). Applications may be submitted for review in the final year of a postdoctoral research fellowship or in the initial years of the first faculty/staff appointment. Applicants also must have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or its equivalent (including, but not limited to, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.)

    Purpose: Support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.
    Activity status: Application deadline is July 25, 5 PM CDT, for Founders affiliate; July 23, 5 PM CDT for Great Rivers affiliate; and July 24, 5 PM CDT, for National.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1lQFXOO

  • Arthritis Foundation

    Innovative Research Grant

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $100,000 per year for up to two years. Award amount includes indirect costs not to exceed 8% per year. Grants typically cover the cost of salaries, consumable supplies, equipment, travel and other items to conduct the proposed research. Grants are not renewable.

    Eligibility: Individuals with doctoral degrees (M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent) at the assistant professor level or higher at any nonprofit U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must be independent, self-directed researchers for whom the institution provides space and other resources. Evidence of independence is required. IRGs are for the support of research projects that can be accomplished within a period of up to two years. Project duration and funding levels should be appropriate to the research described but should not exceed these limits. The applicant may hold an NIH R01, K08, K23, NSF Grant, Howard Hughes, VA Merit, or equivalent award at the time of application. Individuals employed by the NIH and CDC are not eligible to apply. Although applicants may apply for both an Innovative Research Grant and an Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award, an awardee may not be the principal investigator on more than one Arthritis Foundation Grant at any time.

    Purpose: Broaden the base of inquiry in fundamental biomedical science, clinical science and bio-behavioral research with relevance to osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and juvenile arthritis (JA). The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the lives of people touched by these diseases. Foundation says it encourages applications for research proposals that involve an especially high degree of innovation and novelty and therefore, require a preliminary test of feasibility.

    Activity status: Closed for applications due August 30, 2013, for 2014 funding. Funded grants may begin on the first of any month between January 2014 and March 2014. The grant may not begin before January 1, 2014.

    More information: http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/research/2013-IRG-Program-Guidelines.pdf

    Investigator Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $100,000 per year for up to five years. Award amount includes indirect costs not to exceed 8% per year. Grants can cover the salary and fringe benefits for the principal investigator or other essential personnel, consumable supplies, equipment, travel and other items to conduct the proposed research. No more than three grants will be awarded per year.

    Eligibility: Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent degree and a university faculty position at the associate professor level or above. Evidence of independence is required. The applicant must hold or have held in the past 12 months an NIH R01 or equivalent award (such as VA Merit, DOD, etc.) at the time of application. Individuals employed by the NIH and CDC are not eligible to apply. The most important criteria for selection are the productivity of the PI and potential of the project to yield groundbreaking results that impact the direction of research toward arthritis treatment, prevention or cure. Although applicants may apply for both an Innovative Research Grant and an Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award, an awardee may not be the principal investigator on more than one Arthritis Foundation Grant at any time.

    Purpose: Provide support for an outstanding established investigator with innovative, creative ideas that have the potential to move arthritis research toward better treatments and a cure. These AFI awards are for the support of research investigations that can be accomplished within a period of up to five years. The awards may provide salary and/or research support. This support is available to sustain individuals committed to a pioneering career dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for arthritis.

    Activity status: Closed for applications due August 30, 2013, for 2014 funding. Funded grants may begin on the first of any month between January 2014 and March 2014. The grant may not begin before January 1, 2014.

    More information: http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/research/AFI-Award-Program-Guidelines.pdf 

  • National MS Society

    Career Transition Fellowship

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Approximately $550,000 over five years to support a two-year period of advanced postdoctoral training in MS research and the first three years of research support in a new faculty appointment. Annual salary for training period ranges from $44,100 for less than one year of relevant postdoctoral experience, to $58.036 for seven or more years. No additional costs for fringe benefits are allowed. Fellows may spend up to 10% of their time in teaching or clinical duties, if appropriate. Allowance of no more than $7,850 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs of providing the fellow's training, but only when such funds are requested in the original application and approved by the Society. These funds should be used primarily to help underwrite the costs of individual medical insurance for the fellow.

    Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) and must be in a research-oriented postdoctoral training program at an academic, government, or nonprofit research institution. Individuals with less than two or more than five years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application are ineligible for this award. Clinically related training periods such as medical residencies or subspecialty fellowships will not be counted towards postdoctoral research experience.

    Purpose: Foster the development and productivity of young scientists who have potential to make significant contributions to MS research and help ensure the future and stability of MS research.

    Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Salary: Capped at $199, 700. Candidate must spend at least 20% of his or her time working on the research award in order to request salary support. Up to 75% of annual salary support may be requested (but in no case exceed $75,000 in the first year), with a 3% annual increase in each of the remaining 4 years.

    Salary for Postdoctoral Research Associates: Scale starting at $42,000 for less than one year’s experience, climbing each year to $55,272 for seven or more years’ experience.

    Research support: The maximal direct costs that may be requested in the grant budget of the award is $30,000 in the first year, increasing incrementally each year up to $40,000 in the last year. Research budget may include laboratory personnel costs (excluding applicant's salary which is requested separately), fringe benefits at the rate current in the sponsoring institution and proportional to that part of the salary contributed by the Society, patient costs directly relevant to the research and not obtainable from other sources, equipment and consumable supplies (including any type of laboratory supplies and purchase and maintenance of experimental animals), limited travel funds and occasionally other costs. The grantee institution holds title to equipment purchased with award funds.

    Eligibility: Candidates are eligible who hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) and have received sufficient research training at the postdoctoral level to be capable of independent research. Individuals who have already conducted independent research for more than five years after postdoctoral training are ineligible. Candidates must hold or have been offered an academic appointment at the assistant professor (or equivalent) level at an approved university, professional school or research institute in the United States at the initiation of the award.

    Purpose: The awards are designed to provide salary and grant support for a five year period, thus permitting the awardee to establish competence in his/her chosen research area.

    Activity status: Deadline August 13, with earliest possible start date July 1, 2015. Application must be made jointly by a candidate and the institution in which an appointment is held.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1hyQT4a (then click link for application information)

    Postdoctoral Fellows

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Salary: Ranges from $44,100 for less than one year of relevant postdoctoral experience, to $58.036 for seven or more years. Fellowship support will not be provided for more than three years. Fellows may spend up to 10% of their time in teaching or clinical duties, if appropriate. Allowance of no more than $7,850 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs of providing the fellow's training, but only when such funds are requested in the original application and approved by the Society. These funds should be used primarily to help underwrite the costs of individual medical insurance for the fellow.

    Eligibility: Applicants with 0–36 months of previous postdoctoral training may apply for this award. Applicants must hold, or be candidates for, an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree. However, a fellowship will not be activated for a doctoral candidate until the Society has received written notification from a university or professional school that an appropriate doctoral degree has been awarded. The Society will consider applications from individuals with more than 36 months experience on a case-by-case basis.

    Purpose: Fund unusually promising recipients of M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degrees when it appears that the program of training to be supported by the grant will enhance the likelihood that the trainee will: (a) perform meaningful and independent research relevant to multiple sclerosis in the future, and (b) obtain a suitable position which will enable them to do so. Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards are not made to applicants seeking continuing support for the completion of an ongoing research project or to those in a training program leading to a degree.

    Activity status: Deadline August 13, with earliest possible start date July 1, 2015. Application must be made jointly by a candidate and the institution in which an appointment is held.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1n1nJgn (then click link for application information)



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